Hopefully this puts an end to all of the Valentine Holmes speculation.
According to the Daily Telegraph, former Sharks fullback Ben Barba is set to join the Cowboys, with his signing expected to be finalised “within the next 24 hours”.
Barba is expected to join on a one-year deal, effectively ruling out the immediate signing of Holmes (although Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has long stated that he wouldn’t be releasing Holmes, anyway).
As for 2020, that’s another story; and the Cowboys continued pursuit of Holmes for then is likely to hinge on the early season form of Barba, and whether or not the Sharks can get Holmes tied down on a long-term deal in the meantime.
Regardless, the Cowboys have found their fullback for next year at least, so we can stop hearing about what Valentine Holmes is for a little while.
Barba has played 168 NRL games for the Sharks, Broncos and Bulldogs.